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Read My Lips

Sue Duffield

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I watch the New York Times Bestseller list. It appears that, if you’re a writer and desire to see your book fly off the shelves, incorporate the words angels, heaven, or pray in your title. Wow. I was laughing to myself after reading this, strategizing that my next book will be titled Angels Pray in Heaven.

 As a kid, I was in love with Dr. Seuss. I even imposed my “Seuss-ville” belief system on my kids, buying every book that the dear Theodor Geisel wrote. One of my favorites to this day is Oh, the Places You’ll Go! I have given this book at least thirty times over the years. It’s a great graduation gift and—if the recipient looks hard enough—they find a $20 bill I have embedded in the pages! Some thank-you notes would say, “Thanks, Ms. Sue, for the book.” Others would say, “I love this book. I especially loved the $20 bill you taped to page 22!” Then I knew they actually read it!

 Geisel had no children of his own, though he had stepchildren from his second marriage. The last two books he wrote—with themes that appealed to adults as well as children—spent several months on bestseller lists. The Los Angeles Times quoted Geisel as saying, “Finally I can say that I write not for kids but for people.” I love his quote from the Chicago Tribune: “You make ‘em, I amuse ‘em!” The author also said, “I don’t think spending your days surrounded by kids is necessary to write the kind of books I write. Once a writer starts talking down to kids, he’s lost. Kids can pick up on that kind of thing.”

 Kids pick up on a lot of things. And whether writing, speaking, or singing, the true test (for me personally) is to see myself in the eyes of the child. And since I move my lips when I read, too, I connect with my younger counterparts. The best part of reading to kids, though, is that you can move your lips, be silly, and they won’t care!

Read Aloud – and Be Proud!   

  1. Children benefit from listening to others read long after they themselves have learned to read. Books with rhyme, rhythm and repetition are excellent.
  2. Reading aloud to your child is such a benefit. They’ll watch you read and mimic your inflections. Picture books with detail are the best.
  3. Reading their favorite book again and again is such a benefit. As they get to really know the story well, have them fill in words for you.
  4. As your child gets older and gains in reading ability, occasionally pick a book at her reading level and take turns reading to one another.

“How blessed the reader! How blessed the hearers and keepers of these oracle words, all the words written in this book! Time is just about up” (Revelation 1:3, The Message). 



SUE DUFFIELD is a heart-warming and honest storyteller, singer/songwriter and freelance writer who travels extensively sharing her faith, music, and comic relief. She and her husband of 35 years, Jeff, travel in and out of the country doing retreats, conferences and special events. Visit her website at, follow her on Facebook at, or follow her on Twitter @sueduffield.



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